Long-term strategic plan unveiled for Worcester schools

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WORCESTER – More than 25 years since the last one was adopted, city schools are finally on the brink of having a new long-term strategic plan. Two local organizations that have been developing the document released it Wednesday.

The new plan still must be approved by the School Committee – its authors hope to formally submit it to the board in June – but the plan already has buy-in from the schools’ superintendent, Maureen Binienda, who spoke favorably of it at a sit-down meeting Tuesday with Telegram & Gazette editorial staff.

The product of nearly a year’s worth of data-gathering, community input-seeking, and other behind-the-scenes work, the new strategic plan aims to achieve five overarching goals by 2023: Establish a culture of innovation in the district; improve overall academic excellence; create a welcoming environment in the schools; invest more in educators; and increase and refine the system’s technological and operational capabilities.

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